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Release: Sept. 6, 2002
UI professor named Journalism Educator of the Year
Johns, a journalism professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, has been named Journalism Educator of the Year by a national
journalism educators group. The Scholastic Division of the Association of
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication presented the award at the
AEJMC annual convention in Miami last month.
A member of the UI faculty since 1972, Johns has been executive director
of Quill and Scroll Society for 30 years. The international honorary society
for high school journalists is based at the UI School of Journalism and Mass
Communication. Johns is the editor of Quill & Scroll magazine, which is
published quarterly during the school year. He also serves as advisor to the
school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), which won
the National Outstanding Chapter Award in 2000 and 2001.
In recognition of his 30 years of Quill and Scroll leadership and service
as SPJ advisor, Johns received a plaque from Pam Creedon, director of the
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a faculty meeting just before
the start of this academic year.
Johns teaches advanced media design and methods for secondary school journalism
and also conducts workshops for student editors and advisers at state high
school press association conventions throughout the country. He is editor
of the newly revised "Principal's Guide to Scholastic Journalism,"
published by Quill and Scroll and mailed to 20,000 high school principals
throughout the country last spring. His work in scholastic journalism has
been recognized by the following awards: Columbia Scholastic Press Association's
Gold Key; Journalism Education Association's Carl Towley Award; and the National
Scholastic Press Association's Pioneer Award.
For more information about the AEJMC award, contact Laura Schaub, associate
professor of journalism at the University of Okalahoma, at (405) 325-2453